ISLAMABAD - Ice is likely to thaw between Pakistan and India as the Prime Ministers of both the states are set to hold a separate meeting in Thimphu, Bhutan, next week as the schedule for 16th SAARC Summit has been unveiled, high-level sources revealed on Friday. However the officials of Foreign Office were tight-lipped on Friday when contacted to confirm this report. The Foreign Office said that Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani would be leading the Pakistan delegation to the 16th SAARC Summit in Thimphu on 28-29 April 2010. It is pertinent to mention here that Yousuf Raza Gilani reciprocated the good wishes conveyed to him by senior Indian leader recently and hoped that the stalled dialogue between the two countries would be resumed soon. It is important to mention here that Indian top politicians have recently conveyed to Gilani good wishes as the Prime Ministers of the two countries are attending SAARC Summit in Bhutan next week. Recent communication between the two arch rivals has raised hope among the peace-lovers across the border. The sources informed that Federal Minister of Population Firdous Ashiq Awan, who visited India recently and met several leaders including Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi and Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad there, has conveyed to Premier Gilani that India is willing to resume talks once again. It is said that Sonia Gandhi sent her felicitations to President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Gilani and the people of Pakistan on the passage of the 18th Constitutional Amendment Bill, which stripped the President of his powers and removed changes made in the Constitution by military dictators. Gandhi, it is said, has signalled Pakistani Premier that Manmohan Singh is likely to hold a short sideline meeting with PM Gilani in Bhutan. However, Foreign Office did not confirm this. Pakistan desires peace and stability in the region and looks forward to establish friendly bilateral relations with all the countries of the region. Prime Ministers Gilani and Singh held brief encounters at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington last week but no meeting was held. A delegation of Pakistan headed by PM Gilani would attend SAARC meeting in Bhutan. Different heads of state/government including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka would be attending the Summit. Representatives from the Observer States will also be participating in the Summit. Currently, China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Mauritius, Myanmar, Australia, United States and European Union are Observers. According to Foreign Office, the Summit will be preceded by the Council of Ministers and meeting of the Standing Committee. The Summit will adopt a declaration titled Towards a Green and Happy South Asia which will focus on problems relating to environment and climate change. A ministerial statement on climate change is also expected to be issued. During the Summit, the Secretariat of SAARC Development Fund would be inaugurated. The Foreign Office said that Pakistan attached great importance to SAARC and was committed to the principles and objectives of the SAARC Charter. Pakistan has played a constructive role to make SAARC a viable organisation for regional cooperation, based on the principles of sovereign equality. We believe that the SAARC can serve as a platform to build economic synergies and transform the quality of life of the peoples of South Asia, the Foreign Office said. During the Summit, the Prime Minister Gilani will highlight important issues like matters relating to poverty alleviation, energy cooperation, water conservation, interaction in agriculture and rural development, cooperation on promotion of welfare of women and children and development of better health facilities for the people of South Asia. Pakistan supports the SAARC Social Charter and the Prime Minister will urge upon the member states to pursue social policies and strategies to ensure overall balanced social development. At Pakistans initiative, Colombo Statement on Food Security was adopted during the 15th SAARC Summit in 2008. The Prime Minister will urge upon the Heads of State or Government to ensure region-wide food security. Pakistan had also introduced the concept of Energy Ring in South Asia, which became the vision of SAARC leaders for the attainment of energy security. The Prime Minister will be holding bilateral meetings with his counterparts as well as representatives of Observer States. Pakistan favours SAARC linkages with Observers and international institutions to promote project-based development cooperation.